Moving walkways?

Due to the poor geometrical variety of escalators available on today’s market, architects and planners need to overcome major design limitations. The need for flexible moving walkways has produced interesting solutions to be planned and built.

Here are some favorable examples:

Central train station, Kyoto (JP) Hiroshi Hara, 1997


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR) Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, 1977

Mid levels Escalator, Hong Kong (CN), City of Hong Kong, 1993

The Mid level escalator is a demonstration of rare urban improvisation and solution finding. The project is a series of ramps and platform consisting of 18 escalators and 3 Travelators. It rises a total of 135m and winds over 850m through Hong Kong’s dense urban environment. It is the longest and most complex escalator arrangement existing today. With 55,000 passengers per day, the Mid level escalator has become a crucial transportation route for the lively district, and an important tourist attraction of the city.


About Michel

Researcher and developer of transportation technologies CTO of Helixator
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